Disinfection/Sterilization: A Primer With a Focus on Use in Healthcare Facilities

Webinar from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)

Proper cleaning and disinfection/sterilization of devices and surfaces are critical to safely providing care to patients in healthcare facilities. Dr. David Weber, Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention) at University of North Carolina Hospitals, will provide a comprehensive overview of when and how sterilants and disinfectants should be used with a focus on critical instruments/devices, semi-critical devices and non-critical devices and surfaces. Other topics that will also be discussed include the ideal disinfectant, monitoring cleaning effectiveness of surfaces, no touch methods of room disinfection, and how to manage a breach in proper disinfection/sterilization of medical instruments.

David Weber, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA, FRCM
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine; Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health; Medical Director, UNC Hospitals’ Departments of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention); Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, NC

Learn more at https://www.acmt.net/Disinfection_Sterilization.html

COVID-19 and Children

Dr. David Kimberlin, Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joins the podcast, Standard Precautions and Beyond, to discuss COVID-19 in pediatric patients, how to keep children safe from the Delta variant and to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children. Thank you to our co-sponsor for this podcast, the Alabama Public Health Training Network at the Alabama Department of Public Health, a community-based training partner of the Region IV Public Health Training Center.

Prevention and Mitigation Strategies through the COVID-19 Pandemic – A local public health official’s perspective

Wednesday, October 13, 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson, MD will review and discuss prevention and mitigation strategies employed (or not employed) from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic until now, and some of the challenges he and the health department faced. To the extent possible, this will be an interactive discussion. The audience will be asked to go back in time and put themselves in the “driver’s seat” local public health officials with the responsibility and authority to take action during various stages of the pandemic.

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Understanding Models to Predict Viral Spread and Community Impact

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST

Dr. Suzanne Judd will discuss how models predict viral spread including the spread of COVID-19 as well as the impact it has on the community. Dr. Judd will review three modeling strategies used to model viral spread and how assumptions in models impact decisions made from various model outputs. She will also explore how models are used in public health policy to control infectious disease spread.

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COVID Insights from Alabama

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST

Rachael Lee, M.D., MSPH, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and healthcare epidemiologist for the UAB Health System, will be sharing insights on the state of COVID in Alabama, including vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy, current trends in hospitalizations and deaths, and current variants. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Download the slides.

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